Originally Posted by baby boo
No. What I have said in the past is that the Bush administration was primed to accept, what is now known to be, faulty intelligence because the decision to invade Iraq had already been made on other grounds. They looked for the reason they felt was most compelling and ran with it at the time. All along they had multiple reasons to invade Iraq. They thought (correctly) that the American people and congress would support a war based upon the threat of WMDs.
The basic characteristic of "being primed to accept" data without critically examining it because it supported a desire to take the nation's armed forces into another country to forcibly remove their leader for reasons that were not vetted by the Congress, is, first, incompetent and second, if done consciously, treasonous. The President is not anointed by God, he is elected and swears to serve at the will of the people according to United States Constitution. The Constitution of the United States makes no provisions for engaging in unprovoked invasions under a pretext that will sell to Congress.
I have made this point a number of times. We are NOT AT WAR. Congress declares war, and then, only then are we at war. We are presently in the middle of the gravest threat to the integrity of our nation, an undeclared war in which war powers are being gobbled up by the executive branch because the pinheads in the Legislative Branch are unable to stand up to the manipulation of the press and public opinion being orchestrated by the executive branch.
Now, I have no real idea why anyone, any American that is, would do this. I can only imagine, and at times I think we are dealing with an error of judgement that has snowballed out of control. The only thing this Whitehouse seems to have figured out is how to use the daily events they have precipitated by their incompetence or treason, to divert us from examining their actual motives and assessing the streak of failures to perform as exactly that, failures, utter and complete failures.
Go live in Germany for a while, and get to know some old timers. You don't have much time left though, but they will let you know their horror did not start as a declared intention to exterminate Jews, and then invade Germany's neighbors unprovoked. It was all done in baby boo like steps, all well justified with suitable public relations campaigns and so on, with no public debate of motives and methods. All "secret" for the security of the homeland. With a very visible German version of "you are either with us or against us" tone.
The absence of doubt in the righteousness and "Ueberallesness" of the undefined objectives and threats to be confronted and vanquished, the undefined, undebated and nowhere apparent actual strategy, the unestimated cost of American lives, and the equally unestimated and unbudgeted financial cost of your war is most alarming. It has no end, no American public support of a specific battle plan, no Congressionally debated and authorized objectives anyone could measure progress against. Yet you support it without question. You are scary.
I hope I am wrong about the path we seem to be on, and I wonder about it routinely. The latest revelations on outsourced torture camps is just another data point. The pattern is becoming hard to ignore, unless you are a heel clicking convert to this new, never before openly debated and accepted form of clandestine governing followed by unrelented chanting of the released message to the people from every communications outlet available. It is not my America though and I am very concerned. Jim